A job interview

Hey Rose,

This is weird right? I’m actually writing and (sob!) you’re not here…off gallivanting on a Melbourne camp – hope you’re having a fab time and I’m sure it will give you lots to blog about on Thursday 🙂

So recently I went for a job interview. After reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic in which dogshe advises to maintain a day job while building your writing career, I have begun job hunting in earnest. The problem is how to find something with not too many hours, where they don’t expect me to live and die for the job, comparatively close to home and in which they actually want to employ me…being of a certain age and ‘over qualified’, etc.

I would love to work in the arts because well, I love the arts. And so the job interview was with a local arts organisation to work as a casual food and beverage attendant. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to get an interview – they’d want young whipper snappers, etc. So I left my degrees off my CV, tried to emphasize the fact that I did retail work in my 20s – honestly not THAT long ago and emphasized my passion for the arts. And yes, I won that interview.

It was a group interview with 7 of us. At the beginning we went around the circle saying who we were and why we wanted to work at said arts organisation. I swear everyone (apart from me and one other) said something to the effects of…

‘I’m 19, I’m studying at Deakin, my last paid job was with KFC and I’ve always loved the arts, etc.’

As it got closer to me, I’d already worked out my savvy comeback which began…

‘I’m Heather and I’m NOT 19…’

So far, so okay. Then the weird thing happened. We divided up into groups and we were presented with a scenario. Your plane crashes in the Brazilian jungle and is about to explode. You need to get out of there fast. You can take six items out of a possible 15 – what do you take? watchYep, this is so we can serve people cokes and buckets of chips!

So in our group we eliminated the obvious – chocolate chip cookies and paperback novels – and settled on the sensible like a compass and a first aid kit. Meanwhile, the two potential employers sat at the front of the room WATCHING…

Then we had another scenario group thingy and then (admittedly  this may have been where I crashed and burned) we had a ‘simple’ arithmetic test. Weird stuff like -86 + 122. I haven’t worked in negatives for a very long time!

Anyway, hope your introduction to potential employers (via the camp) is going better than my job hunting – I didn’t get the job 😦

And looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Love you heaps, Mum xo

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About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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2 Responses to A job interview

  1. Robyn says:

    Good grief! Those style interviews are ridiculous! No wonder I was (am?) self-employed & now live in a cave. The employment world seems to have dropped into a so-called “reality tv” version of “Survivor”. But I must say Heath, I believe you could stretch the old brain cells a little, with some math revision 😘

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